Cory Briggs, a local activist attorney, just wrote this letter to Southeastern Economic Development Corp. Board Chairman Cruz Gonzalez asking for copies of Regina Petty’s legal bills. Briggs states in the letter that he’s acting on behalf of his client, community activist Ian Trowbridge.

As anybody who’s been reading my Petty Watch updates knows, I’ve been trying to get hold of Petty’s legal bills for weeks, ever since I filed a California Public Records Act request for them. Petty has not returned one of my calls in the last nine days.

It should be noted that Briggs’ request is completely separate from my request and that I hadn’t talked to Briggs about this issue prior to him sending the letter.

Briggs has shown he’s serious about suing SEDC. Two weeks ago, he won a temporary restraining order against the agency that barred SEDC from issuing a $100,350 severance check to Carolyn Y. Smith, the agency’s former president, who was fired by SEDC’s board of directors in July.

I’ve also called Gonzalez a couple of times myself to ask what he thinks about Petty’s continued stonewalling. I haven’t heard back from him yet.


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